November 20, 2012

Ellenburg Center man remains critical after Nov. 13 crash


---- — BURLINGTON — After two surgeries and with others to come, Christopher LaBombard’s condition at Fletcher Allen Health Care on Monday remained critical.

“He is not responding at all,” his mother-in-law, Betty Danussi, said. “But we know in our heart, when we go in for a few minutes” that he knows that his loved ones are there.

The Ellenburg Center man, 42, was about 4 miles from work, traveling east on  Mill Road (County Route 6) in the Town of Moira on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when his car struck a sign and then a bridge barrier.

He told responders that he had chest and leg pain and was initially taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone before being transferred to the Burlington hospital.

“They don’t know if he fell asleep, if there was a deer ...” Danussi said. “A few feet more and he would have gone right into the river.

“There’s nothing left of the car.”


At Fletcher Allen, LaBombard underwent surgery to stop bleeding in his brain. 

A few days later, an operation on broken vertebrae in his back took eight hours, Danussi said, and today, he will have surgery on his right leg, which from the knee down was shattered in the crash.

He also suffered a broken shoulder, punctured lungs, a damaged spleen and ribcage and other injuries.

“All on the right-hand side,” his mother-in-law said.

LaBombard was driving home from his job helping to build the Enbridge-St. Lawrence Gas natural-gas pipeline that will run between the St. Lawrence County Town of Norfolk and Chateaugay in Franklin County. 

He and his wife, Debbie, have a son who is 15 and a daughter, 20.

“They are so devastated,” Danussi said. “We’ve been to (Fletcher Allen) every day.

“They (doctors) told us this is going to be a long, long road.”

LaBombard, she said, is on life support.

“But he’s a very strong and determined man,” she said. “It’s hopes, prayers and a miracle” that will pull him through.

The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit out of Troop B headquarters in Ray Brook investigated the crash, along with Malone-based troopers.

No further information was available on Monday.